Japanese Studies



Major, Minor, Sub-Major


The Japanese Studies Major develops communicative proficiency and intercultural expertise in Japanese, providing students with the knowledge and skills to express themselves in Japanese in contexts of linguistic and cultural diversity.


Only Japanese 1A has no prerequisites. The prerequisites for proceeding to Japanese 1B, 2B, 3B and Advanced Language Study are respectively Japanese 1A, 2A and 3A. LANG 1034 Japanese 1B (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for enrolment in Asian Languages In-Country. Students who have completed Japanese at Stage 2 level of the SACE certificate or equivalent must enrol in Japanese 2A.

Assumed Knowledge



Course Area and cat no. Units Level References
Japanese 1A LANG 1033 4.5 1 Note(s): 2
Japanese 1B LANG 1034 4.5 1 Note(s): 2
Japanese 2A LANG 1031 4.5 2
Japanese 2B LANG 1032 4.5 2
Japanese 3A LANG 3006 4.5 3
Japanese 3B LANG 3007 4.5 3
Asian Languages In-Country LANG 2039 9 2 Note(s): 3
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9 3




  1. Japanese is available as a major (36 units), sub-major (27 units) and a minor (18 units) to both beginners and continuing students. To complete a major/sub-major/minor, students normally enrol in Japanese 1A and 1B in their first year.
  2. Students who can demonstrate prior learning/experience in the Japanese language may be eligible to commence their studies at 2A. Students should contact the Japanese 1A co-ordinator for advice prior to enrolment.
  3. LANG 2039 Asian Languages In-Country is studied at an approved tertiary institute in a country that is appropriate for the target language. Students intending to complete a study abroad semester need to negotiate the integration of this within their program study plan, consulting with their Program Director. Students intending to seek OS-HELP funding for this course will be required to take the course after completion of a full year of study, and have at least 0.125 EFTSL of their program left to complete once they have finished their overseas study. If the course is completed in the final semester of their program, all associated costs will be borne by the student.
  4. Successful completion of LANG 2039 Asian Languages In-Country does not automatically permit students to bypass enrolment in Japanese courses at the subsequent level. That is to say, on completion of Asian Languages In-Country a student would not automatically move from Japanese 1B to Japanese 3A, bypassing 2A/2B. However, students may apply for advanced placement if they have achieved high scores, ie. Distinction or above, in Asian Languages In-Country. Even if a student does not achieve advanced placement however, Asian Languages In-Country will provide the opportunity to improve proficiency levels and grades, and gain credit for an approved immersion experience.
  5. Students intending to apply for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) with Languages as a Learning Area must complete a minimum of six courses or equivalent for a Major Learning Area, or four courses or equivalent for a Minor Learning Area. Language courses must be completed in sequence. For students studying Asian Languages, LANG 2039 Asian Languages In-Country may be studied as an alternative to Level 3 (Advanced) courses (3A and 3B) in the Major Learning Area. Intending applicants for the Master of Teaching (Secondary) must have both a Major and a Minor Learning Area to qualify for entry. Students should consult with their Program Director for a schedule of recommended courses.
  6. A major consists of 8 courses (36 units), two courses of which must be Level 1 (Introductory), two courses at Level 2 (Intermediate), two courses at Level 3 (Advanced) and one 9-unit course at Level 3 (Advanced).
  7. A sub-major consists of 6 courses (27 units), two courses of which must be Level 1 (Introductory), two courses at Level 2 (Intermediate), and two courses at Level 3 (Advanced).
  8. A minor consists of 4 courses (18 units), two courses of which must be Level 1 (Introductory) and two courses at Level 2 (Intermediate).